Galapagos Cruise

Quito, Ecuador

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Nov 12 - 20, 2018
Group size: 4-12
Galapagos Cruise
Quito, Ecuador

Globe Drifters
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$4400
Deposit: $2200
Nov 12 - 20, 2018
Group size: 4-12

About this trip

Galapagos…The mere mention of these islands conjures dreams of adventure, intrigue, and excitement. It’s a place of mystery that millions know about, but only a handful have explored. To visit is to live a moment like you never have before.


Our excursion of the islands begins on a first-class, luxury motor yacht. With a limit of sixteen passengers, this state of the art vessel provides an intimate yet extravagant seafaring experience. Cabins built with relaxation in mind also offer spectacular views of the surrounding ocean as far as the eye can see. Have a drink while basking under the sun’s rays on the sundeck or pop into the jacuzzi for a soak and sip on your drink of choice to unwind.  The Majestic is a ship built for a trip of maximum comfort on an adventure of a lifetime.


The sights in store for you during this 5-day cruise include wonders like the famous Galapagos tortoises, which helped inspire Charles Darwin to write his infamous On the Origin of Species. These beloved animals live hundreds of years and are gargantuan rulers of their domain. Seeing them in their natural habitat is not to be missed.


These islands are special thanks in large part to the strong currents from Antarctica flowing towards the Galapagos bringing with them an abundance of plankton : the main food source for many ocean creatures. The billions of microscopic plankton which feed the huge shoals of fish also attract penguins, a rare vision this far north. Further up on the chain, larger species come to dine on these fish, creating a perfect ecosystem, as Darwin would say. The wonders underwater are equally impressive. Beneath the pristine waters you can explore an untouched haven of natural beauty swimming alongside reef sharks, manta rays, and tropical fish. If exploring the ocean depths is out of your league, don’t fret because above the waves the exotic birds of the Galapagos await. Here your eyes will feast upon blue footed boobies, flamingos, albatross, and the strange frigate bird. Also worth exploring are the many lava tubes on Santa Cruz Island. Formed from the flows of molten rock these tubes prove to be a fascinating, but haunting adventure. And for those wanting to soak in the sun and float in the clear blue seas, then Tortuga Bay will make for a relaxing afternoon to while away the day.


The Galapagos Islands are the main draw of this tour, but Ecuador’s largely undiscovered mainland is also not to be missed. Nestled in the Andes Mountains amid the Amazonian rainforest Ecuador’s Spanish roots are still evident and it is home to an array of a people with a rich history and fantastic adventures including soaring active volcanoes, towering waterfalls, a train ride on a nearly vertical mountain slope, and so much more. Seven days of exploration and adventure will be yours to treasure for a lifetime.

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until Oct 12th

Accommodation is on a double occupancy basis and if you are traveling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender. If there is no one of the same gender with whom to pair you, you WILL be required to pay the single supplement. Final payment is due 60 days before the trip start date. 

$4400
Deposit: $2200

Available options

Superior Room UpgradeSold Out
$500
Extra night in Quito pre-trip (Single)
$175
Extra night in Quito pre-trip (Double)
$190
Extra night in Quito post-trip (Single)
$175
Extra night in Quito post-trip (Double)
$190

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Reviews

A pretty deep dive into several diverse locales in western Cuba, travelling in a small group on a good 24 passenger Chinese built mini bus with a fabulous, knowledgeable, intelligent English speaking young guide named Mickel. Staying at B&B's, or Casas Particulares as they are known in Cuba, was OK if you're not expecting a Hilton Motel. Each one had good clean bedding, strong, but oddly inflexible A/C system, a room safe, and was situated in a good location. Plumbing was usually good but water pressure could pose a problem occasionally. , Water is a common problem in the 'worker's paradise' where everyone is equal, as in equally poor. The Cuban Convertible Peso, pegged to the USD rules; the regular peso of the people is dying a slow death. Rather than recommend this trip, I say that it should be MANDATORY for any American who has an unearned gov't entitlement, especially college grads who have Federally insured loans. I have neither but I still am digesting the experience two weeks later. Cuba is at a crossroads; it can stay the course and wind up like Venezuela, or veer toward private ownership, and prosper like China has done. I blew a kiss to the air when I landed home in FLL. Great trip, but I would like to understand why such an inexpensive location (casas were $20-$65 per night) was over $2500. That was the sole reason I gave it only four stars out of five. Terry G.
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While I would travel with Globe Drifters again and do recommend them, it was Mikel, our Cuba tour guide who really made this trip a cultural experience. It is extremely obvious that he has developed relationships with people in order to enhance travelers experience. And, I lost my passport and Mikel went out of his way to attempt to track it down at the airport where I believed it was lost. He did not have to do that and when he couldn’t find it, he stayed with me the entire 3 hours it took to get a new one. In that process, he remained calm and deciphered how to best get me a new passport. If you go to Cuba with an interest in learning about the country, you will have a great time. If you are interested in bringing items to share with people I’d recommend, bars of soap, toilet paper, tampons, baby wipes, and sunscreen.